The Van-Far Junior High 7th and 8th grade girls basketball players had a strong start to their season last week, highlighted by a double overtime thriller with Clopton.
In their season opener, the Lady Indians were up 6-4 at the end of the first quarter before Clopton made a run for a 16-14 halftime edge.
While head coach Allison Allgood was concerned with how her team would respond in the second half, the Lady Indians didn’t let her down.
Entering the fourth quarter tied at 26-26, both teams exchanged baskets before the Lady Hawks hit a shot right before the buzzer to tie the game in regulation.
Unfortunately, the Lady Hawks hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer of overtime to force an extra session.
It was there that Clopton took advantage of some miscues for a 39-38 win.
“I’m proud how well we fought the whole game,” Allgood added. “We looked good at times, but made some careless mistakes.”
Van-Far went 10-for-32 from the free throw line in the loss.
Emma Barnes scored 13 points while Aubrey Bunge added 11.
In Bowling Green, the 7th grade Lady Indians were a smaller team but their hard work on defense and ability to finish plays helped them in a 31-18 victory.
Van-Far led 29-14 at halftime before holding on late for the big 13-point win.
“I’m very proud of these group of girls,” Allgood said.
“They might be small, but they’re very scrappy and hard working. They play great team ball and everyone has a role on the court. That’s how it should be. I have high expectations for this group this year and I have no doubt they will just keep improving every game.”
Barnes scored 12 points and Panna Connaway added 11.
The 8th grade team started the game off slow and couldn’t get much going in the first half as they trailed 23-10 after two quarters.
The Lady Indians cut the lead to 10 points before the end of the fourth quarter but ultimately lost 37-19.
Alivia Graddy led Van-Far with eight points and eight rebounds.
The 7th grade squad improved to 2-0 on the season after picking up a dominating 44-6 win over Winfield.
The Lady Indians put on a full court press and jumped out to a 31-2 halftime lead. The 7th grade squad moved the ball around effectively and made a lot of shots inside the paint.
“These girls did a great job playing their game,” Allgood said. “They never let up and kept pushing the ball hard down the court. We looked really good on defense and worked the ball to the open person several times.”
Barnes scored 24 points with eight rebounds. Shaylee Chandler had a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.